Designing Modern America
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By (author) Christopher Innes
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Designing Modern America by Christopher Innes
Book DescriptionFrom the 1920s through the 1950s, two individuals, Joseph Urban and Norman Bel Geddes, did more, by far, to create the image of "America" and make it synonymous with modernity than any of their contemporaries. Urban and Bel Geddes were leading Broadway stage designers and directors who turned their prodigious talents to other projects, becoming mavericks first in industrial design and then in commercial design, fashion, architecture, and more. The two men gave shape to the most quintessential symbols of the modern American lifestyle, including movies, cars, department stores, and nightclubs, along with private homes, kitchens, stoves, fridges, magazines, and numerous household furnishings. Illustrated with more than 130 photographs of their influential designs, this book tells the engrossing story of Urban and Bel Geddes. Christopher Innes shows how these two men with a background in theater lent dramatic flair to everything they designed and how this theatricality gave the distinctive modernity they created such wide appeal. If the American lifestyle has been much imitated across the globe over the past fifty years, says Innes, it is due in large measure to the designs of Urban and Bel Geddes. Together they were responsible for creating what has been called the "Golden Age" of American culture.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300108040
(254mm x 178mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 1-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Christopher Innes
Christopher Innes is Canada Research Chair in Performance & Culture at York University, Toronto.
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